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Dan Power

Greetings to all of my friends who work in the area of computerized decision support. This blog is a way for me to share stories from my encounters related to decision support, to comment on industry events, and to comment on other blogger's comments, especially those of my friends on the Business Intelligence Network. I'll try to state my opinions clearly and provide an old professor's perspective on how computers and information technology are changing the world. Decision making has always been my focus, and it will be in this blog as well. Your comments, feedback and questions are welcomed.

About the author >

Daniel J. "Dan" Power is a Professor of Information Systems and Management at the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa and the editor of DSSResources.com, the Web-based knowledge repository about computerized systems that support decision making; the editor of PlanningSkills.com; and the editor of DSS News, a bi-weekly e-newsletter. Dr. Power's research interests include the design and development of decision support systems and how these systems impact individual and organizational decision behavior.

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by Daniel Power
Editor, DSSResources.com 

Data mining is one of the IS/DSS buzzwords of the 1990s. Academics tend to use the related terms Knowledge Discovery and Intelligent Decision Support Methods (Dhar and Stein, 1997) or more derogatory terms like data surfing or data dredging. In general, data mining is "a class of analytical applications that help analysts and managers search for patterns in a data base". Both data mining and knowledge discovery can be considered as both a process and as a set of tools.

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The is a legacy column republished because of the ongoing debate about the NSA Prism program. PRISM stands for "Planning Tool for Resource Integration, Synchronization, and Management," and is a "data tool" designed to collect and process "foreign intelligence" that passes through American servers. Please cite this column as: Power, D., What is data mining and how is it related to DSS? DSS News, Vol. 2, No. 25, December 2, 2001.

Posted June 9, 2013 8:58 AM
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A data is always associates with a business, no matter how big or small it is. This data should be arranged in such a manner that can be easily understood by each and every person for whom it is created. Data is a raw material and must be converted into useful information. It can be used only after that. It is a big task to arrange the data in efficient manner but with the help of proper tools you can do it easily and more efficiently than manually. Data mining is such a process that saves you from wasting so much time in understanding unarranged or roughly arranged data.
Data Mining

Is there a scope or career in Data Mining? Can I pursue it as a future career option?

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